PECO Energy Co. is hit with personal injury claim

Jon Campisi May 26, 2011, 7:50am

A Philadelphia woman is suing the PECO Energy Co. for injuries she sustained after coming into contact with loose cable wires while walking the city streets.

Attorney Benson I. Goldberger, of the Philadelphia firm Dion-Goldberger, filed the personal injury lawsuit May 24 at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on behalf of Glenna Perrier of Southwest Philadelphia.

In addition to the public utility, the Exelon Corp. is also named as a defendant in the suit.

According to the civil complaint, Perrier was crossing the 500 block of South 3rd St. on Aug. 31, 2009, when she came into contact with loose cable wire that had been hanging from the overhead electrical lines and utility poles along the street.

The incident caused Perrier to suffer eye injuries including a corneal abrasion to her left eye, superficial punctuate keratopathy to both eyes, and a punctuate conjuctival laceration to the left eye, the suit states.

As a result of the incident, Perrier has suffered great pain, agony and inconvenience, the lawsuit states, and she has incurred economic damages including, but not limited to, current and future medical bills.

Perrier has suffered a loss of earning capacity, as well as a loss of life’s pleasures, the complaint states.

The lawsuit accuses PECO and its co-defendant of negligence in allowing a dangerous and defective condition to exist.

The defendants allegedly failed to properly inspect the overhead electrical wires and utility poles to ensure the utility lines would be safe to pedestrian passage, the suit states.

The plaintiff is demanding judgment against the defendants in an amount not in excess of $50,000.

The non-jury matter has been scheduled for an arbitration hearing on Jan. 26, 2012.

The case number is 110502666.

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